Adobe Illustrator CC

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Adobe Illustrator is a powerful vector drawing software. In this instructor-led course lessons contain projects that build upon the student’s growing knowledge of the software while reinforcing key concepts and skills. Illustrator is jam-packed with new features and enhancements, including Live Color, a new environment that enables users to explore, apply, and save custom color configurations; improved integration with Adobe Flash, which ensures that your vector illustrations import effortlessly to Flash with their anchor point positions, layers, and paths intact; a new Eraser tool, which lets users quickly modify objects or create entirely new shapes; a new Crop Area tool, which lets users set up a workspace so that it’s automatically primed for the type of media that will display their design, whether it’s print, Web, video, or film; new document profiles, newly improved drawing tools and controls, and much more. Whether you’re brand-new to Adobe Illustrator or are looking for a project-based learning experience this course will prepare you with the key techniques and tips you need to get the most out of this software.

 

UPCOMING COURSES

 

Level I – March 20-22
Level I – April 24-26
Level I – June 12-14
Level II – March 23-24
Level II – April 27-28
Level II – June 15-16

COMBINE & SAVE

 

Level I & II – March 20-24
Level I & II – April 24-28
Level I & II – June 12-16

Course Outline | Adobe Illustrator CC -­ Level I

Restoring default preferences

  • Saving and deleting current Illustrator preferences
  • To restore saved preferences after completing the lessons

What’s New in Adobe Illustrator CC

  • Perspective Drawing
  • Beautiful Strokes
  • Bristle Brush
  • Multiple art board enhancements
  • Shape Builder tool
  • Drawing enhancements
  • Round-trip editing with Adobe Flash Catalyst CC
  • Resolution-independent Effects
  • Clean, sharp graphics for web and mobile devices
  • Integration with Adobe CS Review

A Quick Tour of Adobe Illustrator CC

  • Working with multiple art boards
  • Creating shapes
  • Working with the Shape Builder tool
  • Working with drawing modes
  • Working with strokes
  • Working with color groups and recoloring artwork
  • Placing Adobe Photoshop images in Illustrator
  • Using Live Trace and Live Paint
  • Working with the Blob Brush tool
  • Working with type
  • Using the Appearance panel and effects
  • Working with brushes
  • Creating and editing a gradient
  • Working with symbols
  • Working with perspective

Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Working with the Tools panel
  • The Control panel
  • Working with panels
  • Resetting and saving your workspace
  • Using panel menus
  • Changing the view of artwork
  • Using the view commands
  • Using the Zoom tool
  • Scrolling through a document
  • Viewing artwork
  • Navigating multiple art boards
  • Using the Navigator panel
  • Understanding rulers
  • Arranging multiple documents
  • Document groups
  • Finding resources for using Illustrator
  • Searching for a topic in the Search for Help box
  • Checking for updates

Selecting and Aligning

  • Selecting objects
  • Using the Selection tool and Direct Selection tool
  • Creating selections with a marquee
  • Creating selections with the Magic Wand tool
  • Selecting similar objects
  • Align objects to each other
  • Aligning to a key object
  • Aligning points
  • Distributing objects
  • Aligning to the artboard
  • Working with groups
  • Working in isolation mode
  • Adding to a group
  • Arrange objects.
  • Selecting objects behind
  • Hiding objects
  • Applying selection techniques

Creating and Editing Shapes

  • Creating a document with multiple art boards
  • Working with basic shapes
  • Accessing the basic shape tools
  • Understanding drawing modes
  • Creating rectangles, rounded rectangles, ellipses, and polygons
  • Draw Inside mode
  • Changing stroke width and alignment
  • Working with line segments
  • Joining paths
  • Creating Stars
  • Using the Eraser tool
  • Using the Width tool
  • Outlining strokes
  • Combining and editing shapes
  • Working with the Shape Builder tool
  • Working with Pathfinder effects
  • Working with shape modes
  • Using Live Trace to create shapes

Transforming Objects

  • Adding artboards to the document
  • Editing artboards
  • Renaming and Reordering Artboards
  • Transforming content
  • Working with rulers and guides
  • Scaling objects
  • Reflecting, Rotating, Distorting, and Shearing objects
  • Positioning objects precisely
  • Changing the perspective
  • Multiple transformations
  • Using the Free Distort effect

Drawing with the Pen and Pencil Tools

  • Creating straight lines and curved paths
  • Building a curve
  • Converting curved points to corner points
  • Creating an illustration
  • Drawing curves
  • Selecting a curve
  • Drawing a curved shape
  • Drawing different kinds of curves
  • Splitting a path
  • Adding arrowheads
  • Creating a dashed line
  • Editing curves
  • Deleting and adding anchor points
  • Convert between smooth points and corner points
  • Drawing and Editing with the Pencil tool
  • Assembling parts
  • Painting artwork

Colors and Painting

  • Color modes
  • Understanding the color controls
  • Creating color
  • Building and saving a custom color
  • Editing a swatch
  • Using Illustrator swatch libraries
  • Creating a spot color
  • Using the Color Picker
  • Creating and saving a tint of a color
  • Copying attributes
  • Creating color groups
  • Working with the Color Guide panel
  • Editing a color group
  • Editing colors in artwork
  • Working with the Kuler panel
  • Assigning colors to your artwork
  • Adjusting colors
  • Painting with patterns and gradients
  • Applying existing patterns
  • Creating, applying, and editing a pattern
  • Creating a Live Paint group
  • Editing Live Paint regions
  • Working with Gap Options

Working with type

  • Creating point and area type
  • Importing a plain text file
  • Creating columns of text
  • Working with overflow text and text reflow
  • Threading text
  • Resizing type objects
  • Formatting type
  • Changing the font size
  • Changing the font color
  • Changing additional text attributes
  • Changing paragraph attributes
  • Saving and using styles
  • Creating and using a paragraph style
  • Creating and using a character style
  • Sampling text
  • Reshaping text with an envelope warp
  • Wrapping text around an object
  • Creating text on open and closed paths
  • Creating text outlines

Working with Layers

  • Creating layers
  • Moving objects and layers
  • Locking layers
  • Viewing layers
  • Pasting layers
  • Creating clipping masks
  • Merging layers
  • Applying appearance attributes to layers
  • Isolating layers

Course Outline | Adobe Illustrator CC – Level II

Working with Perspective Drawing

  • Understanding perspective and the Perspective Grid
  • Using a preset grid
  • Editing the Perspective Grid
  • Drawing objects in perspective
  • Selecting and transforming objects in perspective
  • Attaching objects to perspective
  • Editing planes and objects together
  • Adding and editing text in perspective
  • Working with and adding Symbols to the Perspective Grid
  • Transforming Symbols in perspective
  • Releasing content from perspective

Blending Colors and Shapes

  • Working with gradients
  • Creating and applying a linear gradient
  • Adjusting the direction and angle of a gradient blend
  • Creating a radial gradient
  • Changing colors and adjusting the gradient
  • Applying gradients to multiple objects
  • Adding transparency to gradients
  • Working with blended objects
  • Creating a blend with specified steps
  • Modifying the blend
  • Creating smooth color blends

Working with Brushes

  • Using Calligraphic brushes
  • Editing a brush
  • Using a fill color with brushes
  • Remove a brush stroke
  • Using Art brushes
  • Drawing with the Paintbrush tool
  • Editing paths with the Paintbrush tool
  • Create and Edit an Art brush
  • Painting with a Bristle brush
  • Creating and Using a Pattern brush
  • Applying a Pattern brush
  • Changing the color attributes of brushes
  • Changing a brush color using Tints and Hue Shift colorization
  • Drawing and Working with the Blob Brush tool
  • Merging paths with the Blob Brush tool
  • Editing with the Eraser tool

Applying Effects

  • Using live effects
  • Editing and Applying an effect
  • Styling text with effects
  • Editing shapes with a Pathfinder effect
  • Offsetting paths
  • Applying a Photoshop effect
  • Working with a 3D effect
  • Creating a revolved object
  • Changing the lighting of a 3D object
  • Mapping a symbol to the 3D artwork